The spectrum usage charges, payable quarterly by telcos as a percentage of their Adjusted Gross Revenues (AGR), will rise across the board by 1% for spectrum up to 8 MHz and 2% for spectrum allocated above 8 MHz in any Wireless circle under consideration. Just yesterday we had written about the Spectrum Charges paid by cellular operators to the Government in Q2-FY09 totaled to USD 164 mn]
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular will be the worst hit as they have spectrum in excess of 8 MHz in some circles. RCom will be the least hit.
The decision on the quantum / timeline of the one-time SEC, proposed to be payable by operators in receipt of 2G spectrum in excess of 6.2 MHz, has been deferred for now.
Proposed 3G Spectrum Charges in India:
3G services, if offered on a stand-alone basis (i.e. without 2G services), the annual charge would be 3% of AGR. Existing 2G operators which, going forward, also offer 3G services, would have to pay another 1% of their AGR as an annual spectrum charge.